It was exactly this moment yesterday when I saw a news report saying that some Malaysian bloggers are earning up to RM 1 million a year. Just moments ago I saw a poll set up by a prominent website inquiring public opinion on the matter. Lo and behold, the poll shows that almost 50% of the people do not actually believe in the report. Pure exaggeration.
Chinese language newspaper really is a shame for the community itself. False facts coupled with exaggeration often taints the report, causing unnecessary worries as well as instilling wrong information. Now does that evokes some sense of deja vu? Does that remind you of the microwave radiation issue? What's this, marketing strategy to sell your paper?
I do not know about the English or Malay language newspapers, but I can be sure that the authors penning scientific articles in most Chinese newspapers are those that do not have any scientific background. If they are scientific-literate, they should be able to distinguish or at least produce an authentic article about certain scientific issues(for example the recent incident in the US where thousands of dying birds falling from the sky) with valid scientific reasons and arguments. The problem with them is that when I read about their work, I found an uncanny similarity with those that I've read online. Nothing exciting-so why bother to purchase newspaper?
|Now that is where Egypt is located. Seriously Fox News? Image: enikrising.blogspot.com|
They are focusing too much on monetary profits rather than their love for the job. Conveying information is the job of journalists, and they are paid for doing it correctly. A recent case happening in the UK for example; prominent Sky Sports commentators Richard Keys and Andy Gray were sacked for making sexist remarks.
|Obtuse minds think alike. No question about it. Image: dailymail.co.uk|